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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Puerto de la Cruz Carnaval Parade 2008


Carnival Parade in Puerto de la Cruz

Sod's Law always brings some rain or bad weather, at least once while carnival is on in the Canary Islands and this year has been no exception, which explains why the sky is washed out and the colours hazy in these photos. All of the parades and concerts planned in Santa Cruz yesterday, got postponed because of the rains (well, actually a multiple-choice, smorgasbord of strange weather phenomena), with hot calima coming in from the east and cold air from the west, so it was no wonder it collided in the middle and created a huge storm. And boy, that was some storm we had in the early hours of Saturday too.

La Palma even got snow!

Here at "Secret Tenerife Towers," we were woken at 5.30 a.m. when lightening struck an electrical pylon, not 25 meters from the house with a noise like a huge explosion. So, after 9 hours without power; cold, damp, no hot food, no coffee, we decided to go out and catch the bus to Puerto de la Cruz to warm up and see the carnival procession. Like everything here, the Gran Coso Apoteosis del Puerto de la Cruz was listed as starting at 4 pm, but the reality was that it started at 5 pm at the "wrong" end of town for those of us who needed to dash back to the bus station to catch our last bus home at 6 pm. This reduced the couple of hours we thought we had to a mere 5 minutes, but here's what we saw.

Carnaval goers wouldn't go hungry with stalls selling food in the Plaza de Charco

No costume, no problem! You'd have be as mad as a hatter to pay the "last minute" prices tho!
















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